Articles by Amanda Bergeron

Leisure at DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / May 10, 2016 / / Twitter / Facebook /
I have been getting in the habit of taking at least one online class at DePaul. This habit started late sophomore year. At first I was extremely apprehensive because I learn better with an in person instructor and am also motivated by their teaching to get my work done. With online classes, there needs to be some control within yourself to keep on track, since there is no human you see weekly reminding you about homework or projects. As I get deeper into finishing all my requirements before graduating, I am finding it hard to find domain requirements that are online (and interesting to me).

With that in mind, this quarter I took a shot in the dark and enrolled in an online class that didn’t seem super stimulating, but was the only one open when it was my time to enroll. The course is called Leisure, Recreation, and Health. I thought to myself “what is so scholarly about leisure....? Like riding a bike and reading on days off? How can this simple thing be an area of study?”

I was soon hit with the harsh reality that I have underestimated the world of academia, and also that of the human experience. Leisure is described as an elemental experience, essential to the total well-being of every person; it is a reflection and expression of the cultural values of a society, and it is an important vehicle for medical treatment. Also, leisure can be essential for a healthy community I terms of social climate and stability.

DePaul has many outlets for leisure and I am honored to have the privilege to choose to participate in them. DePaul has the Ray Meyer Fitness Center which provides everything from swimming to ping pong. DePaul also offers their students an amazing opportunity to participate in DemonTHON which is a 24-hour dance party to raise money for the Children’s Hospital. These activities make for a really connected community that have people who hold the same values. The sense of togetherness is something that leisure provides for people.

Although we are at DePaul to get a degree and a career, we also learn the importance of the binary of work and leisure and how the balance of each makes for a happy life  J

Media Studies at DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / April 27, 2016 / / Twitter / Facebook /
During my course as a college student, I have heard some remarks about Communication majors that just do not add up in my brain. As a Communication & Media major, I continue to learn about the influences of media and where we stand within it. I have heard people saying that Communication is a cop out major. My response to this is loaded with factual ammo as to why Communication and Media studies are so important. Just like history, media has the ability to interpret the past and give us insight to where we have been and where we are going.

To me, learning about media is like a fish learning everything there is to know about water. As millennials​, we are constantly interacting with it and surrounded by it either consciously or subconsciously. Our inner workings are molded and mirrored by media and understanding it to its fullest degree is something I find philosophically important.  With this in mind, let me tell you about the current media course I am in this quarter!

The central idea of this media course is about diving into popular culture and exploring seemingly “trashy” or “stupid” media products. It makes for a very entertaining class and one where there is a lot of class participation because we all have a lot to say about the media texts around us.

By the end of this course, I will hopefully be able to understand and critically engage with a variety of academic methodologies and models for the study of media, usefully build on and reassess these same models in their own understanding of culture and media, and write my own analyses of media texts and related cultural phenomena. 

De-Stress During Finals

By Amanda Bergeron / March 14, 2016 / / Twitter / Facebook /
During this time of year, the weather gets nicer and the motivation to sit in the library to work on an essay decreases. I have always noticed that finals week is the most strenuous when the temptation to play outside is apparent. Sitting in the Student Center and looking out the window to see everyone walking to the quad to lay in the sun pains me because that’s LITERALLY all I want to do. Since finals are almost in full swing I figured I would make a list of ways to de-stress during a time full of presentations and papers.

1. Make a plan of attack: nothing like an open plan book and some highlighters to get your organization in check. The thing that helps me the most is to write down everything that needs to be done and when it is due. That way your plan of attack will go smoothly when you decide what to do first. Jumping off this of idea, it is=smart to find time in your weekly schedule when you can actually work on the things you outlined for yourself.

2. Find an animal: animals just want love! People have emotional support dogs for a reason, they really really do reduce your stress. Being able to take your mind off of the responsibilities of daily life for a moment can revamp you brain and kick start you into a healthy pattern of work.

3. Go for a run: I’m sure you’re asking me… “I have so much to do so when will I find time to up my cardio?” Well, I’m in the same boat. It sure does take a lot of motivation to do more than a swift walk, but if you have a break in your schedule a good way to de-stress is going on a run/jog/walk/whatever. That way it can hopefully bring you back to an alert state of mind that will help you with your studies. 

4. Take a few deep breaths: I know this sounds very hakuna matata, but so what. Deep breathing will help you decompress and get your noggin back to a neutral state. If you’re too stressed and start to work on a new paper, you might just end up producing some content that is not up to par. Take the time you need to feel okay before diving in.

I hope these will help you during your time at college! Just remember that everyone is in the same boat and stress is more than common in university. Find tools and resources you need around campus to make it through your 4 years with ease! 

Writing At DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / February 24, 2016 / / Twitter / Facebook /
One thing that I have always been told about the skills I need to be successful in any career field is the skill of proper written communication. Writing is definitely one of the most primary skills that you will be judged upon in college and work. Think of writing as making all of your thoughts visible for other people to see. Some people are obviously better at putting thoughts in words, and if that weren’t the case than we would all be famous authors. Writing out ideas helps you formulate questions/answers and can demonstrate your emotional maturity. Writing also can serve the purpose of solidifying ideas down in ink so that you can come back and refine them. 

In terms of memory, writing class notes with a pen and paper instead of typing with a laptop has proven to link the motor skill with processing the information. I have found that typing can lead to mindless processing because I’m too focused on typing the lecture verbatim instead of soaking in the concepts. When it comes to cognitive learning, I always chose a pen and paper before a laptop (even though having a computer makes some lecture way more bearable). But if creative writing is more your thing, DePaul has a lot of outlets for you.

You could be employed by DePaul at the Writing Center where your job will revolve around helping your peers formulate ideas or help grammar check their papers for fluidity. I have always found that by teaching others I also enhance my own skill set. You can apply to the Writing Center via email and must provide a few writing samples. Through personal experience, they rarely hire first year students, but once your writing becomes stronger and conceptual they take another look at your application. DePaul also has a creative and journalistic outlet with the DePaulia. The DePaulis is mainly student run, which gives people the opportunity to be independent with their work while also enhancing their organization and communication skills. Writing for The DePaulia is a great little test run of how newspapers work and what skill are needed to be a part of a printed paper.

DePaul has also recently started an award winning art & literary magazine called Crook and Folly. This published magazine gives students the opportunity to express their creativity in both written form and visual art. This is a great alternative to journalistic writing that the DePaulia provides. Along the same lines, The English Department has also created an outlet for students via a blog called The Underground. This blog is a newsletter type dealio that covers news, events, student writing, and alumni participation. Check the link below if you are interested!

Writing is seen to be a helpful source of therapy, expression, and skill for everyone I know! With DePaul I have learned to enhance a healthy skepticism in my own and other’s writings that has enhanced my imagination and creativity​.

Surviving Night Class

By Amanda Bergeron / January 12, 2016 / / Twitter / Facebook /
As a night owl, I THRIVE during night classes. All of the synapsis are firing in my brain and my focus is on point. Fortunately, a night class is necessary for me because I’ve found that it frees up so many daytime hours that could be used to work and rack in extra cash. I am a slave to the dollar. Some people avoid night classes their entire academic career, but sometimes luck is not on your side and a required class is only offered in the evening. Anyway, I thought I would take this time to share some of the tips and tricks I have noticed about conquering night classes if academia after 6:00pm is not your thing.​

1. Bring snacks. Dear Lord, bring snacks. Nobody like a grumbling tummy and nobody wants to see you hangry. All of the night classes I have taken have been over 2 hours long which means a lil somthin’ somthin’ is necessary. Avoid loud snacks like super crunchy things or a noisy bag. That can become distracting OR you might be forced to share your noms. I always make the mistake of bringing carrots to the library, but I feel no shame because I need my vitamins okay?

2. Change your outlook and look on the bright side. Night class usually means it’s just one very long class a week instead of two short classes! This means fewer trips to campus and more time for you throughout the week.​

3. Wear something comfortable! It’s’s nighttime. Nobody really cares if you wear sweatpants or not. Trust me, you’re not going to want to sit in your extremely tight high waisted jeans for 3 hours.

4. Look at the weather a day in advance. This tip mostly applies for people commuting to school. Sometimes I arrive to class on a hot day and by the time the sun goes down it’s cold as heck and I’m freezing on my walk home. Be prepared, y’all. It makes the week go by so much smoother.

5. Try to reverse your homework schedule for that day. Instead of waiting until after class just do some homework or readings in the morning. It might feel weird at first, but it’s an adjustment that will make your life easier in the long run. 

I hope some of these are helpful to you all! I really love taking night classes so if you are apprehensive at first, just give it a try and you’ll see for yourself how much more time you’ll have to work or do an extra-curricular. ​

Master's Program at DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / December 1, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
I can NOT believe I am already a quarter into my junior year. As a junior, some people think it is nuts that I am still questioning my major. Although I am not looking to switch from my major of Communication & Media, I am still trying to find my place within it. Knowing about the options that DePaul has to offer is the first step!!

Within the last few years I have developed a passion for the health industry. Although I do not see myself as a nurse or a doctor, I do see myself working within the health field as more of a public health administrator and a member of a non-profit organization. That being said, this year I declared a minor in public health in order to understand the industry a little more. Luckily, the Communication field is HUGE and intertwines with every profession. This can be scary to some students if they do not narrow down their focus. For a student like me who has started to narrow down her focus within her major, it is a wise idea to look at the combined Bachelor’s/Master programs that DePaul has to offer.

The College of Communication offers a handful of combined degrees! This is mostly for successful students who are interested in earning a Bachelor’s AND Master’s degree in a 5 year total span. I am not 100% sure I am going to apply for any of these programs, but I do think it is important to keep in mind that college doesn’t have to be a 4 year experience. The program I am most interested in is definitely Health Communication. Other programs that are offered are Communication & Media, Digital Communication & Media Arts, Journalism, PR & Advertising. These programs are pretty time sensitive, so if I am serious about trying to get accepted I should get. on. it.

The idea really intrigues me, but naturally I’m going to make a pros and cons list to verbalize my feelings on either postponing grad school or jumping right in!

PROS of waiting: a chance to save up money, time to grow and further evaluate my options, time to travel and work in the field to gain more hands on experience.

CONS of waiting: it WILL be hard to get back into the groove of going back to school after time off, might be harder to get into school because the industry could change by the time I decide, what if things happen in my romantic life and can’t go back to school due to children or other responsibilities. 

OK SO there are a lot of “what ifs” f​​loating around my brain. If you foresee yourself in the same boat as me definitely talk to an advisor from the program you are interested in. There is no hurt in taking a few hours out of your day to learn about a possible avenue of life. I have my advising meeting later next week so I will let you know! :) 

Women's Health at DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / November 9, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
Since I’m in the school of Communication, I am required to take one science lab for my general education requirements. I have waited 3 years to get it out of the way because I assumed doing anything science related was going to destroy my GPA…boy, was I wrong.

I enrolled in Women’s Health this year for my science lab and it takes the cake for my favorite class I’ve ever taken. Sadly, it takes up my ENTIRE Monday with class from 1-3 AND 6-9, but that is a small price to pay in exchange for how much I’ve learned about my biological self.

During this course I have been able to look at the health care industry through a feminist lens and recognize that women’s health is much more than having different reproductive organs. In fact, it was only in the last 15 years that the medical world starting researching about the vast differences in health outcomes between men and women.

Interesting facts:

Woman listen to both sides of their brain! Most men show brain activity exclusively on the left side (typically associated with listening and speech), while most women show activity on the right side as well (associated with creativity and expressiveness). 

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the US. Women are usually under-diagnosed to the point where it is too late to help them when the condition worsens. 

There are customary stages of experiencing heart pain— uncertainty, denial, seeking help from a friend or family member, recognition of the severity of symptoms, seeking medical attention, and finally, acceptance—but the difference for women was they spent more time in the denial period and were more likely to wait for friends or family to notice they were unwell, instead of approaching them with the problem.

1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her life-time

This course has made it obvious that I need to practice effective health-seeking/prevention behavior. I have started taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements to avoid osteoporosis because I do NOT need to be any frailer than I already am. Seriously, the wind pushes me to the ground. I have also taken up yoga as a form of exercise.

Not all general education requirements are a drag and this class proved it me because now I have a positive attitude towards science, technology, and math. Who would’ve known?​

Handshake at DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / June 12, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
Although I have about two years until graduation and the big job hunt begins, I thought I would begin to look a little deeper into what DePaul has to offer in terms of helping students find post-graduation work.

This inquiry came at the perfect time because DePaul just launched a new program called Handshake. The DePaul Career Center​ tries to showcase opportunities for meaningful connections between students, alumni, and employers. Handshake is a very very up to date program that is basically just like any other social networking site! The good thing about Handshake is that it is custom built for the DePaul Community AND is great on mobile devices for all you people on-the-go.

I haven’t gone too deep into the program yet because I am still working on my resume and noting down my work experience, but after playing around with it for a while I figured out that the questions they ask you at the beginning of the log in process are there to help pin point which area or real world job would be best suited for you. The more of your profile that you honestly fill out, the better the program is at making sure you see the job information that is most relevant to you. Eventually, Handshake learns what your major is and makes sure you see relevant listings that pair well with your professional skills. I am known to stress out a bunch about career matters of the future, but it’s nice to know DePaul has my back and is looking out for me and my prospective career.  

Thinking about robots taking over the world is scary and all, but this high tech program makes sure DePaul students don’t go without a job (which is even scarier).

If you’re interested in taking a peek look no further!

Happy job hunting!

Sound Design Studio

By Amanda Bergeron / June 4, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /

In my Introduction to Sound Design​ course we had the chance to use the professional sound studio in the CDM building. Although this course was one of my very first CDM classes, I never knew this part of the building even existed. According to the professor some of the equipment was out of date, but I feel like that happens extremely quickly since technology advances at warp speed. Nevertheless, the equipment we worked on for sounds mixing and recording was more advanced than anything I’ve ever seen. Buttons and switches GALORE! 

We first took a little tour around the studio before we dove into our final project. What we had to do was practice ADR. ADR means Automated Dialogue Replacement​ which is simply recording over original lines in a film. To do this we must match and synch the new lines with the actions on the screen. 

A few students got to be actors for a day and stand in the ADR stage which is the place where the actor can record their voice while watching the film to make sure their voice synchs up with the visual.  After this was done and their voices were recorded, we had to go into the original footage and replace the actor’s voices with the newly recorded ones. This was because our professor thought we needed a little more practice with sound effect and design editing.

Sound effects editors and sound designers are the artists who add the computer beeps, gunshots, laser blasts, and explosions (and more) to the film. If you can’t notice that the sounds are actually unnatural, than the artist is doing their job correctly. Sound designers use a variety of technologies to create unique sounds effects that have never been heard before, or to artificially create specific “mood” sounds to complete the filmmaker’s vision.

The best things we did in the sound studio must have been creating our own Foley. The word Foley was taken from the name Jack Foley​, a Hollywood sound editor, who is known as the father of these effects. Basically, Foley effects are sounds like footsteps, object handling, the rustling of clothing, ect…

This project made me realize that even the smallest details are needed to create a well-rounded film and that someone’s actual job is to make footstep sounds for films. If I could get medical, dental, and a decent salary I probably would do that too. All in all, I think this class was a success. If you are ever interested in learning more about sound in film, take Introduction to Sound Design. 

Editing Class

By Amanda Bergeron / May 28, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
As I continue to narrow down exactly what type of career I want to go into, I decided to take an editing class in hope of mastering Adobe Premiere Pro​. I figured even if I don’t go into the digital cinema​ realm it is still a great resume builder to be able to understand and navigate an interface.  There is no prerequisite to this course (DC220), so feel free to dive in if you’re interested in editing that takes place for all types of video media, just remember to buy a big external flash drive. 

During this course we have analyzed and assembled dramatic scenes under a variety of conditions and narrative strategies. For example, our first assignment was to watch all the different takes of footage from an old short film call “The Hold Up”. The shots were jumbled up and we were supposed to put them and edit them in whatever sequence we thought fit. I loved this because my professor really stressed that there is no right way to edit the footage. Yes, there is a specific passing of time in the film, but the length of each shot and the way we splice them together is all up to us. It just has to make sense to any type of viewer. This class makes it so that the first step towards mastering the art of video editing involves trusting our individual creative skills and judgments. 

We also are introduced to the fact that there are difference types of formats, conversions, and aspect ratios that play a big part in the editing world. The beauty about these things or about Adobe Premiere in general, is that if you are interested in taking your projects to the next step you can always look up the Premiere manual or tutorials online. 

Through interactive lectures, demonstrations, readings, and projects, I have successfully been able to get the basics as well as some advanced techniques in Adobe Premier. 

Learning History Through Art

By Amanda Bergeron / May 6, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
Something I took upon myself this quarter is to take a full course load of 18 credit hours. For me, this means 4 three hour credits and a small two credit hour course that meets every Sunday at the Art Institute of Chicago.​

What prompted me to take this course is the fact that Joe Cunniff, a sponge of knowledge, is leading it. I had Joe as a professor for my first course here at DePaul (Discover ​Jazz). He is such a unique being jam packed with information. Truthfully, I don’t even know how one person can have that much trivia in their brain. Joe is notorious for disappearing during class on hot days to grab ice cream and reciting Shakespeare out of the blue. I really can’t put into words how entertaining and well-versed he is. He is a real gem that keeps humanities alive.

​Once I figured out he was teaching the course I didn’t hesitate to enroll with my roommate Kat (whom I also met during that first class of Discover Jazz). I knew he was going to be the perfect professor to enlighten me on a subject I wish I knew more about- Art History​. The Art Institute holds a collection of pieces that offer wide opportunities for people like me who are interested in learning about historical happenings through the context of art. So far the course has only covered Roman, Greek, and Renaissance related art, but we will also dive deep into the late Middle Ages and modern/contemporary styles.

Although we have only met 4 times so far, I have already been able to deepen my understanding on how to study a painting through the use of trends that mark a certain period of time. Joe also stresses the importance of the artists that create the work and how their documented experiences give further insight into the time period.

I knew I wanted to take this class because I’ve been to the Art Institute a few dozen times and always seem to walk quickly by the rooms that don’t intrigue me. Instead of continuing to ignore and disregard art I don’t “get”, I might as well enroll in a class that can educate me without adding more to my tuition cost.

Joe also encourages out of class members to sit with us and listen to the lecture, so if you are free on Sunday 1-4pm you can see us all armed with notebooks at Michigan and Adams in front of the info desk.

Why I Chose DePaul

By Amanda Bergeron / April 24, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
DePaul kind of fell into my lap. As a kid growing up in the outskirts of Chicago, the bustling city was always intriguing to me. I spent many middle school nights taking the Metra ​inbound to Union Station​ to catch some terrible pop punk shows. After 4 years of typical high school angst, my plan for college was to get out of the Midwest and travel far away just to experience something other than flat land and indecisive weather. After looking around at different college fairs, I applied to several Arizona Universities.

Soon after the fair I visited DePaul on a tour that I felt like my mom was more excited for than I was. It was a cold day and I had the attitude that I had already seen all Chicago has to offer. BOY, I WAS WRONG. DePaul blew me away with the campus grounds that even looked decent on a muggy, cloudy day. I applied with high hopes and felt that even if I didn’t know what major I wanted to declare, I knew that I wanted to figure it out here. Having 2 academic years at DePaul under my belt has given me enough to process why, in fact, I choose this school when I was so dead set on getting out of the Midwest.

I honestly believe that it all comes back to DePaul’s reputation for being a part of a service driven community and using Chicago as a second classroom. The potential idea of being stuck at a campus ONLY surrounded by my peers made me feel so trapped…. but a campus surrounded by a large city?! That I can handle. The location was definitely a huge plus. And with a large city comes many opportunities for internships and volunteer work!

Besides the fact that I was awarded scholarship ​money from DePaul, I mainly based my decision on the fact that I believe that Chicago will provide me with all the tools I need to succeed in whatever I choose to do. It is a plus that I am so close to home but I rarely visit unless it is a holiday. I am happy to say that, although DePaul isn't the cheapest option, it is the best investment that I am making towards my future.​


By Amanda Bergeron / February 16, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
This quarter I decided to give myself some creative leeway which prompted me to enroll in a class that would cultivate my artistic abilities. Intro to Screenwriting is presenting me with the opportunity to master the art of writing dramatically for motion pictures. I mean let’s be honest, I love sitting down with 1 or 7 bags of Doritos while watching a flick…but actually developing a solid idea for a film is a tricky thing. With the help of DC 201, I have been learning how to develop the correct format, visual writing style, scene, character, and dialogue for a screenplay. 

Every day we start the class discussing movies or shows we have watched over the weekend, which is the most entertaining way to begin a lecture. We are talking about pure entertainment, people. These conversations have brought to light how many films I have yet to see (and also how little time I have to watch movies). We learn these things through a series of writing exercises. I don’t physically exercise because…no… so writing exercises are going to have to do.

I like the feeling of having somewhere to go without moving anything but my fingers.  Creative writing is like giving birth to a world where you make the rules and the possibilities are boundless. When I write, I pull from personal experiences and mix and mash them with silly ideas that are not allowed in the typical “formal” college writing style.

The thing my teacher stresses the most is to never be boring. No, not every synapse that comes out of my brain is a solid idea, but this class had taught me to run with my gut feeling and develop something regardless of my confidence in the idea. In the end, the opportunity to write creatively gives me the opportunity to express my inner feelings and experiences through the creation of as story.

I never realized how important it is to have a creative outlet until I neglected it for so long. By no means is this class a blow off, but it utilizes parts of my brain that have been dusty while I’ve been busy critically analyzing philosophical texts and peer reviewed sources.

Try to remember that the classes you pick don’t have to be rigid all the time, especially at the beginning of your college career. Open electives and fulfilling learning domains are great opportunities to play around with different interests that might not run parallel to your desired major. Keep creativity and humor in the mix because it definitely takes the pressure off of stressful course work when you know at least one assignment is going to be about Guy Fieri falling in love with a strip of bacon.

Happy writing!

How To Survive Group Projects

By Amanda Bergeron / November 12, 2014 / / Twitter / Facebook /
If you’re like me, you cringe at the words “group presentation.”

I want it to go on the record that this quarter I have had a grand total of 7 group projects, and it’s not even finals week. As much as we hate them, presentations are pretty prevalent for many of the people that have seminar courses. Many of the classes I have taken so far are discussion based, which means there is a hefty portion of your grade that depends on how much you actively participate with class discussions. And by “actively participate” I mean actually sharing some formulated thoughts and not just answering the question with a lazy “yes” or “no”.


During most seminar courses there comes a point where the professor wants you to interact with your peers and create a group presentation. These topics are either assigned to you OR you get to choose your own from a list. Exciting stuff, people. Now, I have had about a dozen group projects since I started DePaul in the fall of 2013, and it is safe to say that not all of them went smoothly. Here are my two cents as to what you can do to make sure your group presentation doesn’t suck.
1-      Instantly exchange email or phone numbers with your group members.
Just do it. Even if the professor doesn’t give you time to meet with people after s/he assigns groups, stay after class and meet ‘em just so that you can get started sooner with everybody’s contact info. This way it will be way easier to decide when to meet. If you have an embarrassing email that you made when you were 8 like I did, maybe it is time to step up the email game.

2-      Create a fricken Google Doc.
OR PREZI OR SOME OTHER SHARED DOCUMENT SITE. Learning how to use a Google Doc was much needed this quarter. Not so much “learning” but figuring out that it is an actual thing that makes school work more convenient. Sometimes it is impossible for everyone to meet at one time (especially as you get older and more students you know have more obligations than they did when they were a freshman). Google Doc has been my best friend this quarter (sad but true) because I can still participate in the group project by editing with them online even with my busy schedule

3-      TRY to go over the final presentation with your group before the due date.
Having one final collective practice with everyone physically there makes presenting so much less awkward. The person who has the honor of flipping through the slides with the right arrow on the keyboard during the entire presentation will know his/her cues and things won’t get awkward. This will give you time to figure out if your links ACTUALLY work. It is awkward as heck when the 3 minute video that was supposed to be the main point of the presentation doesn’t end up working (trust me).
Perfecting group presentations isn’t easy. It takes time for people to adjust to sharing work and figuring out the best way to get the project done. Just remember this: look over the dang presentation. Just look it over. You’ll have an easier time verbalizing the information if you actually know what’s happening on the slides. Also don’t forget the eye contact. Heavy eye contact is good in this situation (not on the el or at any time past 11pm).



Assaf Evron

By Amanda Bergeron / October 17, 2014 / / Twitter / Facebook /
​One of the many reasons I took a contemporary art class was to acquire more information on a domain of art that I do not understand. Contemporary art has always been a struggle for me and I’ve been known to shrug it off or dismiss it completely. Seriously, it boggles my brain. 

After realizing my insolence, I decided it was time to submerge myself in something that confuses me to either solidify or alter my opinions. I am grateful that our class had Assaf Evron, an Independent Artist/Consultant at The Shpilman Institute for Photography, come speak to the class about his work and involvement with the broad spectrum that is contemporary art. His photo-based works focus on the structures and forms of the overlooked and unappreciated. 
What I found effective about the artist's talk was that he showcased many different types of work he has created instead of focusing on the process of just one. This opened up a whole new set of conversations. He also explained his work with colorspace which is a graphic representation of mathematical formulas. That’s right, he took a math formula and created art with it. I can barely wrap my head around advanced math so this was way out of my comfort zone.  

Not only has he proved that the culture of contemporary art has no boundaries, but neither does the major you attain in college. Assaf Evron earned his BA from the department of General History at the Tel Aviv University and is working and making living outside the realm of “general history”. I think sometimes people, including myself, put too much pressure on picking a major when it is apparent that you don’t always end up in the field that your major pertains to. Having a general direction is safe, but it is important to know that life is full of flexibility and a particular major doesn’t automatically put you in a category for a specific career until you die.

Stretch the boundaries like Assaf.
Check out his web page below.

Thanks for stickin’ with me


By Amanda Bergeron / May 30, 2014 / / Twitter / Facebook /
At DePaul it is common for every student to fulfill multiple learning domains. From philosophy to self, society, and the modern world, students are required to take classes that expose them to different topics that are possibly not discussed in their specific major. At the beginning of the school year I was bummed because I wanted all of my classes to be about public relations & advertising because I was so excited to dive head first into my major. Sooner rather than later I realized how fun and educational these classes are. I also realized that, if I wanted to, I could choose classes that correlate with public relations and advertising to get a broader understanding of the major.
During my first quarter at DePaul I chose to start with the philosophical dimensions domain so I added Love, Hate and Resentment into my course cart. Little did I know that I would soon meet a professor that changed the way I felt about those three raw emotions, and about knowledge in general. Professor Danielle Meijer is her name and she is a raaaaad woman. She is opinionated and, although some of our viewpoints clash, she is more than willing to hear multiple viewpoints and makes it a point to tell the class that just because she thinks one way doesnt mean it is correct. I respect her for those words because I feel like some teachers I've had in the past push their biased opinions on students, while Meijer avidly verbalized the fact that there is not just one way to look at things (especially in philosophy). Her passion for philosophy is contagious and a 90 minute class felt like 15 because the topics were so engaging and out there. Quarters fly by so at the end of week 10 I was sad that I was unable to continue seeing her every Tuesday and Thursday.
She is a wonderful professor that has made me pursue a minor in philosophy. I highly suggest taking a class taught by her or at least seek her out if you have any philosophical questions (or questions about belly dancing because she has done that too). For learning domains, I suggest taking classes that are beyond your comfort zone because sometimes a challenge is necessary. Who knows, maybe you will uncover a passion that otherwise would have been ignored.